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Hardening a garage floor

This question was asked by
Grant Wilde

Hi, looking to seal a residential concrete garage floor which is constantly dusting and so soft it can be scratched easily with a metal object or even the sole of my shoes. Ideally it could be applied quickly and easily to half the garage at a time, so I don’t have to pull all the stuff out at once! Would the nano-lithium be suitable? Thanks.

No the Lithium densifier is for use when polishing, it will have little affect on a normal concrete slab.

What you will be best of doing, if you can, give the floor a really good jet washing to remove the loose surface material and then seal the concrete, this will stop the surface from dusting again.

Block Paving & Imprinted Concrete Sealer SP (BPCSP)

Drew Palin

Concrete sealer for garden ornaments

This question was asked by
Jennifer Morton

Hi, I’m trying to find a concrete sealer I can put over concrete ornaments I’ve made and painted with masonry paint, preferably something that gives uv protection and will be non yellowing and dry with anything from Matt to light sheen, not full gloss, for you sell anything that fits the bill? Many thanks and best wishes Jenny

Hi

As you have use a paint on the concrete I would suggest using a water based sealer rather than a solvent based one as the latter could remove the paint.

https://www.adsealcolours.co.uk/Water-Based-Sealer-Matt.html

We have a range of colours designed specifically for colouring concrete, if you are interested please check out
https://www.adsealcolours.co.uk/Concrete-Stain-Colour-Charts.html

Drew Palin

Best stone sealer for Raj Blend

This question was asked by
Parm

i HAVE JUST HAS HAD 100SQM OF RAJ BLEND SANDSTONE LAYED IN THE GARDEN. THE JOB IS COMPLETE AND NOW AM LOOKING TO GET THE PAVING SEALED.

TWO QUESTIONS

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY THE SEALANT AFTER A NEW LAY

WHAT SEALANT COULD BE RECOMMENDED FOR A NATURAL MATT FINISH AND ONE FOR A WET LOOK.

I HAVE SEEN ON THE PAVING EXPERT SITE THAT Heavy Duty Sealer IS A GOOD OPTION BUT I WANT TO BE SURE.

I have put links below to 3 suitable sealers, The water based one is a matt finish without altering the colour, the Stone and slate will give a matt/satin finish and enhance the colours and the Heavy duty is the same as the Stone and Slate but will give a satin/gloss finish.

You are best to leave it for 3-4 weeks after finishing to allow the mortar to completely dry before applying a sealer.

Stone & Slate Protector (SSP)

Water Based Sealer Matt (WB25)

Heavy Duty Sealer (HD)

Drew Palin

colour issue

This question was asked by
Chris Helliwell

My drive laying company has gone out of business
I have a 260sq m area which does not match the colour of the more recently laid extra 60 and how much do you think it will cost to get the 260sq m recovered

The Solid colour stain was designed to colour large areas of concrete 1 uniform colour, if you combine this with the smartcolour (diluted) you will get the same 2 tone look that Imprinted concrete should have.

Take a look at the videos section at www.adsealcolours.co.uk this will give you some idea of what is involved.

Endura Solid Stain (ESS)

Smart Colour Stain (SMART)

Drew Palin

Slate sealer.

This question was asked by
Ian Mair

We have read reviews on the going expert site that have lead us to want to try your products.
We have a slate patio we have juts completed and the client wants it sealing to bring our the colours in the slate.
Do you stock anything water based for slate that can be applied immediately after install?

Unfortunately the one drawback of water based sealers is that they don’t enhance the colours in the paving so leave it looking more like it does when it is dry as opposed to when it is wet.

If you are looking to enhance the colours you will have to use a solvent based sealer such as the one below.

Stone & Slate Protector (SSP)

Drew Palin

Slate sealer.

This question was asked by
Ian Mair

We have read reviews on the going expert site that have lead us to want to try your products.
We have a slate patio we have juts completed and the client wants it sealing to bring our the colours in the slate.
Do you stock anything water based for slate that can be applied immediately after install?

Unfortunately the one drawback of water based sealers is that they don’t enhance the colours in the paving so leave it looking more like it does when it is dry as opposed to when it is wet.

If you are looking to enhance the colours you will have to use a solvent based sealer such as the one below.

Stone & Slate Protector (SSP)

Drew Palin

Granite patio impregnator

This question was asked by
Charlie McNicoll

I had a garden patio recently laid with granite slabs.
I want to prevent staining, grease, oil, ink etc but do not want a surface sealer, I need an impregnating sealer that will not require frequent relaying.
I was recommended Advanced HD sealant , but your web site says it gives a surface sheen and I do not want any change to the natural granite appearance.
What would you recommend and can you provide a sample to try on a small area?

Unfortunately what you are asking for, the sealer not to show but last a long time, is kind of an either or situation. Invisible sealers such as you are asking for are more like a stain guard rather than a sealer and as such offers little to no protecting agains wear, so needs regular re-coating, a sealer on the other hand will last years before needing re-coating but will leave a finish to the surface.

I think your best bet might be to try the Water based matt sealer (link below) this will offer the longevity you want with minimal change to the appearance when the stone is dry.

Water Based Sealer Matt (WB25)

Drew Palin

Resin bound drive resealing.

This question was asked by
Paul Sherratt

Approx. 3years ago I had my drive covered. It looked lovely however the sealant used caused a bubbling effect in a few odd spots.The whole area was re- skimmed. It was never sealed. Can you advise if there is a suitable product available which would be unlikely to cause problems.

I have come across this before, you have to be very, very careful applying a solvent based sealer on resin bound stone, you have to apply several mist coats, if you apply it too thickly you get the problem you had.
Because of this I now always recommend using a water based sealer, because there is no solvent there is no risk off it affecting the Stone.

Water Based Sealer Gloss (WB34)

Drew Palin

Stone sealer

This question was asked by
stephen woodward

If I buy a 25 litre drum and do not use it all , will it stay ok in the drum so could be used when needed doing again or will it go off

As long as the container is closed and it is protected from frost it will keep for a couple of years.

Drew Palin

black limestone sealer

This question was asked by
Dave Thomas

Please can you tell me what you recommend to seal for new laid black limestone we require a wet look finish

I recommend using the stone and slate as some black limestone can be quite nonporous and this sealer is a bit thinner so penetrates better, I also suggest scrubbing in the first coat to help aid with the adhesion.

if you are still looking for more of a gloss finish (the finish can depend on the stone), you could apply a top coat of our Heavy duty which will give more of a gloss/wet look finish.

Stone & Slate Protector (SSP)

Heavy Duty Sealer (HD)

Drew Palin